Dr. Elizabeth H. Barber is the Associate Dean of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), the region’s leading provider of management talent in tourism, hospitality, sport, and recreation.
She is one of the area’s foremost educators in the development of curricula for tourism, hospitality, sport, and recreation. Since the School’s inception in 1998, she has lead the program to offer the best and most comprehensive industry-specific education in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies. Under her leadership the school has grown from six faculty member and 120 students, to 22 faculty, 10 staff, 800 students, two internationally recognized research centers, and over one million dollars in externally funded grants and projects. Dr. Barber is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE).
Prior to STHM, she served as an associate professor within the Department of Sport Management and Leisure Studies, part of Temple’s College of Health, Physical Education and Dance (HPERD). Within HPERD, her primary responsibility was to lead the Department’s efforts in curriculum development of Commercial Recreation and Tourism. She soon took on the role of academic director and then associate dean. She came to Temple in 1989.
She completed her PhD in Instructional Design and Technology from The University of Iowa in 1987. Her areas of research have included curriculum development, instructional adequacy, teaching and learning styles, and customer and personnel satisfaction within an organization.
She is an active participant in the tourism, hospitality, sport and recreation communities. She is an executive board member of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee, vice chair for Philadelphia Hospitality, board member for Back on My Feet, past president of the regional association of CHRIE (Council for Hospitality, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators) HEMAR, and past president of the International Special Events Foundation (ISEF). For many years Dr. Barber served as chair of the student liaison committee and as a board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of HSMAI.